Donations to George Zimmermanâ€™s defense fund have slowed considerably since his attorneys forced him to shut down his old website last month and opened a new one in his name days later.
The man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin had managed on his own to raise more than $200,000 in just a few weeks using a crudely built website and a PayPal account.
But in late April, his new lawyer ordered him to shut down the site. Thatâ€™s when Zimmerman revealed he had raised all that cash.
Days later, attorney Mark Oâ€™Mara announced he would open a new website in his clientâ€™s name to keep the donations flowing. He hired a former IRS agent to watch over the funds and promised donors that their identities would be kept confidential.
The promises havenâ€™t seemed to convince potential donors, however. Late Wednesday, Zimmermanâ€™s defense team said he had only been able to raise about $15,000 since the new site went live on May 3. The biggest donation was $3,000, they said, while most ranged between $25 and $100.
While that still averages more than $1,000 a day, itâ€™s a far cry from the rate Zimmerman was hauling in on his own.
Oâ€™Mara has said the money will be used for defense costs and Zimmermanâ€™s living expenses.